Sylvan Edge Estate Is Just Minutes From Lynnewood Hall

A three-minute car ride.

TREND photo via

TREND photo via Long & Foster

Given its proximity, it seems almost criminal not to mention Sylvan Edge’s fascinating neighbor, Lynnewood Hall, first. Thus, a little history of the phenomenal property that’s now on the market for $20 million:

The property, built in 1898 from a commission made by Peter A.B. Widener to Horace Trumbauer, had additions constructed by Trumbauer and Angus Wade. The former’s carriage house has echoes of Versailles’ Petite Trianon, making the nickname given to it by Widener’s grandson all the more appropriate: “the last American Versailles.”

Between 1909 and 1910, Trumbauer added the Van Dyck gallery for Widener's growing art collection. A decade later, he re-imagined the carriage house so that it could serve as a residence for the family of Widener's grandson. In 1996, doctor and Reverend Richard S. Yoon bought the property after its former owners, a seminary, had rid the estate of significant features. Interior shots of Lynnewood Hall can be found here. And videos here.

Sylvan Edge, on the other hand, is like a scaled down version of the Lynnewood estate. This gated home, which has been featured in the likes of Architectural Digest, is situated on a cobblestone Belgian block driveway with walled courtyard.

The home's living and dining rooms have French Empire chandeliers, marble fireplaces, and French doors with outdoor access. A wood-paneled library boasts built-ins and a marble fireplace, while the sun room enjoys travertine floors and a marble lunette fountain.

Upstairs, another marble fireplace can be found in the master bedroom, along with his-and-her marble bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs. (You'll also note from the gallery the colorful artwork in this master's bathroom.) A "princess suite" also has a fireplace and dressing room, while other bedrooms can be found on the third floor.

The basement has outdoor access, while outside are swimming and reflecting pools, plus a three-car garage with second-floor office space.

Beds: 8
Baths: 6 full, 1 half
Square feet: 7,468
Price: $1,595,000

Listing: 1490 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA, 19027 [Long & Foster]

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  • Lisa

    Bravo to the sellers for restoring this gem!! It was previously in terrible condition – just like Lynnewood Hall. And now it looks amazing.

    I would love to see the referenced architectural digest article. I assume it was from long ago. Hopefully the owner or agent reads this and provides a link or a scan!

    • kimada

      Amazing how many incredible houses are in the Elkins Park/Melrose Park area – the mansions on Latham Parkway, the Victorian – and I mean REAL Victorian – ones on Melrose and Stratford Avenues, the 1920’s colonials and tudors, and, my personal favorites, the mid-century modern houses in different locations – I think at least three great ones are currently for sale. Some of the architectural details of these houses, inside and out, are far more notable than those of many (not all) further-out suburban places in Bucks and Montgomery counties.